A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

Director:

Barry Jenkins

Writers:

Barry Jenkins (screenplay by), Tarell Alvin McCraney (story by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mahershala Ali ... Juan
Shariff Earp Shariff Earp ... Terrence
Duan Sanderson ... Azu (as Duan 'Sandy' Sanderson)
Alex R. Hibbert ... Little (as Alex Hibbert)
Janelle Monáe ... Teresa
Naomie Harris ... Paula
Jaden Piner ... Kevin age 9
Herman 'Caheei McGloun ... Longshoreman (as Herman 'Caheej' McGloun)
Kamal Ani-Bellow ... Portable Boy 1
Keomi Givens Keomi Givens ... Portable Boy 2
Eddie Blanchard Eddie Blanchard ... Portable Boy 3
Rudi Goblen Rudi Goblen ... Gee (as Rudi Goblin)
Ashton Sanders ... Chiron
Edson Jean ... Mr. Pierce
Patrick Decile Patrick Decile ... Terrel
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Storyline

Three time periods - young adolescence, mid-teen and young adult - in the life of black-American Chiron is presented. When a child, Chiron lives with his single, crack addict mother Paula in a crime ridden neighborhood in Miami. Chiron is a shy, withdrawn child largely due to his small size and being neglected by his mother, who is more concerned about getting her fixes and satisfying her carnal needs than taking care of him. Because of these issues, Chiron is bullied, the slurs hurled at him which he doesn't understand beyond knowing that they are meant to be hurtful. Besides his same aged Cuban-American friend Kevin, Chiron is given what little guidance he has in life from a neighborhood drug dealer named Juan, who can see that he is neglected, and Juan's caring girlfriend Teresa, whose home acts as a sanctuary away from the bullies and away from Paula's abuse. With this childhood as a foundation, Chiron may have a predetermined path in life, one that will only be magnified in terms... Written by Huggo

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This is the story of a lifetime.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During a Q&A at the International Film Festival Rotterdam director Barry Jenkins jokingly answered the question to what the budget was by saying: "Somewhere below 500 million dollars!" In fact, at a later Q&A at the BFI in London, he confirmed the budget was only $1.5 million. See more »

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When young Chiron eats as a guest he is seen holding his fork differently than the adult Chiron in the diner at the end of the movie. See more »

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Juan: I got you a promise. Never let you go.
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Soundtracks

Tumbling Down
Written by Langston George and Charles French
Performed by Langston & French of The Numero Group
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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A tough watch that will stay with me
18 April 2018 | by robinssa-98507See all my reviews

I watched this In two sittings and was glad of the break. The three ages of the main protagonist all play their part excellently, and each in their own way shows a sadness and sense of being trapped with a secret that is unacceptable to the people around them, as a child, teenager and adult. Not a world that I've ever seen portrayed before which is why I think it is worthy of its accolades. This feels like an insider account of growing up gay in a tough neighbourhood.

Brooding, challenging and sad but well worth the watch.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moonlight See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$402,075, 23 October 2016

Gross USA:

$27,854,932

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,336,603
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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